Day 21, No. 21. Homer Simpson

HomerHAIRCUT 100: Day 21, No. 21. Woo-hoo! Homer Simpson: husband, father, cultural icon and dolt. ‘The most American of the Simpsons,’ argues Chris Turner in Planet Simpson, Homer is an archetypal blue-collar male: crude, overweight, incompetent, thick and borderline alcoholic. Actor Dan Castellaneta has called him ‘a dog trapped in a man’s body: he’s incredibly loyal – not entirely clean – but you gotta love him,’ while, in Gilligan Unbound, Paul Arthur Cantor gets to the essence of the character for many of us: ‘Homer is the distillation of pure fatherhood … He continually fails at being a good father, but he never gives up trying.’ Know the feeling. Somewhere between Fred Flintstone, James Finlayson, Archie Bunker, and creator Matt Groening ’s dad, Homer teaches us all that just because we don’t care doesn’t mean we don’t understand. ‘When I look at the smiles on all the children’s faces, I just know they’re about to jab me with something.’

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